ZAPATA PENINSULA OCTOBER 27-NOVEMBER 3, 2018: (SOLD OUT)
ZAPATA PENINSULA MARCH 9-16, 2019 (4 SPOTS OPEN)
COMBINATION CULTURAL/FISHING APRIL 13-20, 2019 (6 SPOTS OPEN)
JARDINES DE LA REINA JUNE 1-8, 2019: (1 OPEN SPOT)
Destination: ZAPATA, aboard the yacht Georgiana
Dates: October 27-November 3
Group Host: Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel (SOLD OUT)
Dates: March 9-16, 2019
Group Host: Blake Merwin of Gig Harbor Fly Shop (4 Open Spots)
Capacity: 8 Anglers
Price: $4595 per person double occupancy
Hosts for these two trips are Jon Covich of FLY WATER TRAVEL and Blake Merwin of THE GIG HARBOR FLY SHOP from Gig Harbor, Wa. Both trip leaders have extensive experience as anglers and guides, and have fished in many flats destinations around he world. This will be Jon's 16th trip to Cuba, and the 4th for Blake. Both are accommodating hosts, willing to solve any problems that might be encountered, and can advise guests in all aspects of the fishing. Better yet, they are both great guys to be around, and excellent at making certain that your experience is as good as you expect.
The ZAPATA area of Cuba is known for having extensive habitat for saltwater flats fish. Bonefish are the prevalent species here, and anglers will fish for them both from skiffs and while wading. Both Permit and resident Tarpon also love Zapata, as do Snook, Snapper, Jacks, and Cuda. Guests will share skiffs for part of their week, and fish solo the other part. Included are 6 full days of fishing, room and board on the yacht Georgiana (limited number of drinks provided), and round trip transportation from Havana.
COMBINATION CULTURAL & FISHING ADVENTURE
Destination: Havana & The Zapata Peninsula
April 13-20, 2019 (6 Spots Available)
Group Host: Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel & Cuba Fishing Outfitters
Capacity: 6 Guests (although 8 can be accommodated) (6 Spots Available)
Price: $4995 per person based on double occupancy and double fishing skiffs
I am truly excited by this new combination cultural/fishing trip we have been offering to Cuba. Our itinerary will include the best of both worlds. We spend three nights in Havana, and most every hour of the day is accounted for in making sure that we experience all that the city has to offer. Included are nights at a locally owned guesthouse in Old Havana, a cigar factory tour, classic car tour of Havana's different districts, a visit to a Cuban elementary school, and many more things. We will enjoy great music along the way, often at privately owned restaurants where we sample local Cuban cuisine. After Havana, we transfer south to the small beach side town of Playa Larga. We fish one day in a freshwater river, and three days on the saltwater flats. During this time, we interact with Cuban hosts at our quaint lodgings, visit sights in and around town after fishing, and eat at interesting local restaurants. The last evening, we typically have a pig roast with all of our hosts and fishing guides.
In order to make this trip work, we have to have at least 6 customers signed up. I will accompany the group every step of the way while in Cuba, and of course beforehand in taking care of all necessary details. With my having made so many trips to Cuba, I feel I can be of value in coordinating daily with our Cuban hosts, and in handling any challenges that arise.
JARDINES DE LA REINA
Destination: Jardines de la Reina aboard the yacht Perola
Dates: June 1-8, 2019
Group Host: Jon Covich of Fly Water Travel
Capacity: 6 Anglers (1 open spot)
Price: $6950 per person double occupancy
Jardines de la Reina was the first area in Cuba opened up to fly anglers. Famous for this, it is also famous for being one of the best preserved marine habitats on the entire planet. Fiercely protected by the Cuban government and the fishing outfitter who holds the license for this area, only a limited number of anglers and divers are allowed here each year. Being 50 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, all accommodations are aboard boats. Our group will be on the smaller, comfortable yacht Perola.
Jardines has all flats fish. Bonefish are plentiful, and many Permit are landed here. Resident Tarpon live here all year long, but we reserved this week for a special occurance which happens only in the Cuban Spring and early Summer.....the arrival of migratory Tarpon. There are no better fish. Our group will fish 2 anglers per skiff, and will have opportunity at Tarpon of all sizes, although most are in the 40-60 pound category. These are perfect sized Tarpon. This is exciting, world class angling.
This trip includes 5 1/2 full days fishing at JRD, all food and accommodations aboard the Perola. Accommodations in Havana or Camaguey, and transportation to and from Jardines are not included. Anglers should know that this trip does involve considerable travel, as the destination itself is so remote. Given the quality of the fishing and the accommodations, staff and food, we feel that this price is very reasonable.